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Old 01-29-2005, 07:00 PM   #1
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Peppermint shrimp eating Ricordia?

I just got some ricordia. It seems my peppermint shrimp are eating it. I thought they were "reef safe". I guess I'll need to put them in the sump.
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Peps are reef-safe as far as I know. Are you sure they weren't just cleaning the ric? Mine occasionly clean corals. It may irritate the coral for a bit but it isn't harming it.

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Mine clean my corals also.
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May have been what he was doing. I certainly hope so! Hasn't messed with it since. Had me worried there when it jumped all over my new ricordia. Thanks for calming my fears.
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Mine have done that as well when adding new things... just cleaning up

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He's checking to see if you brought him any goodies from the LFS too!!!
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Lysmata wurdemanni (aka...peppermint shrimp) is considered to be reef-safe. They are great at controlling aiptasia, however, this behavior can be redirected toward other corals and anemones. You should always keep a close eye on peps in a reef tank because of this. That being said, I have never had any trouble with mine. Their cousin, the camel shrimp, tends to be more of a coral nipper. They look very similar and I have seen some LFS selling camel shrimp as peppermint shrimp. Just need to make sure it is, indeed, a peppermint. If it is a peppermint and does nip at your corals, it should be considered rare, but not surprising.
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THEY CLEAN CORAL, FISH AND ANYTHING WHEN THEY ARE HUNGRY. mINE WENT THE CLOWN WAY(MY TOMATO CLOWN ATE THEM).
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